Tag: "diabetes"

Untrustworthy Research Data Downplays Statins Side Effects

| March 13, 2014 | Comments (4)

While doctors and researchers often issue soothing reassurances about the potential for statins to cause harm, this is at odds with numerous reports that they can cause side effects such as fatigue and muscle pain. Now, a recent study claims to provide evidence that, for the most part, statin side effects are ‘imagined’ [1]. In [...]

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Drive To Put More People On Statins Intensifies

| February 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

Yesterday, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published draft proposals concerning the use of statins for the prevention of cardiovascular disease. Previously, NICE advised doctors to recommend treatment in those with a calculated 10-year risk of cardiovascular disease of 20 per cent or more. Now, NICE is proposing that this threshold will [...]

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Benefits Of Lowering Cholesterol Are Based On Flawed Data

| September 6, 2013 | Comments (0)

Recently, the European Society of Cardiology held its annual conference in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. One of the studies presented at the meeting is reported here. The research compares the number of patients achieving recommended LDL cholesterol levels in the UK with those in Germany. In the UK, general practitioners are remunerated for having patients [...]

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Doctor-Patient Relationship: Honest About Drug Side Effects

| January 17, 2013 | Comments (0)

Good communication is, I think, is the bedrock of a good doctor-patient relationship, especially when it comes to disclosing drug side effects… One thing that frustrates some doctors is when their patients do not take their advice. A major gripe can be the failure to take medications as prescribed. In a recent study published in [...]

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Review Questions Cholesterol Guidelines For Diabetics

| September 13, 2012 | Comments (0)

There have been news reports out recently in the UK regarding the ‘need’ for diabetics to manage their cholesterol levels properly. Calls of this nature have come from Baroness Barbara Young, chief executive of the charity Diabetes UK, the UK’s largest and most prominent diabetes charity. I read in a story on the BBC website [...]

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